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Exports: Yorkshire and the Humber

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies in Yorkshire and the Humber exported goods and services in each year since 1997. [285750]

Ms Rosie Winterton: HM Revenue and Customs publishes a regional breakdown for trade in goods. The number of companies in Yorkshire and the Humber region exporting in each year from 1997 is:

Exporters to EU Exporters-non EU Total exporter count

1997

1,545

4,124

4,359

1998

1,490

4,447

4,653

1999

1,395

4,380

4,609

2000

1,352

4,370

4,581

2001

1,381

4,599

4,837

2002

1,497

4,717

4,998

2003

1,540

5,000

5,273

2004

1,595

5,132

5,407

2005

1,726

5,180

5,534

2006

1,723

5,222

5,591

2007

1,596

5,133

5,434

2008

1,655

5,288

5,582


Foreign Investment in UK: Yorkshire and the Humber

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much foreign investment there has been in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the City of York in each year since 2003; and what estimate he has made of the number of jobs generated. [285751]

Ms Rosie Winterton: A total of 295 foreign direct investments have been recorded in the Yorkshire and Humber (Y&H) region since 2003, of which 27 were in the city of York. These are the foreign direct investments that Yorkshire Forward has been directly involved in.


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Breakdown of foreign direct investments since April 2003

Yorkshire and the Humber York

2003-04

24

2

2004-05

43

3

2005-06

29

6

2006-07

41

2

2007-08

76

3

2008-09

82

11

Total

295

27


Since 2003, the total number of new jobs created in the region as a result of the foreign direct investment totals 9,766. Of this total, 560.5 were in the city of York. The total number of jobs saved in the region as a result of foreign direct investment since 2003 totals 9,967. Of these, 23 were located in York.

Y&H new jobs Y&H safeguarded jobs York new jobs York safeguarded jobs

2003-04

2,356

460

53

0

2004-05

2,596

1,207

10

3

2005-06

1,700

1,021

21.5

0

2006-07

699

1,034

85

0

2007-08

1,141

2,562

87

0

2008-09

1,274

3,683

304

20

Total

9,766

9,967

560.5

23


Further Education: Energy

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department provides to further education colleges to improve their energy efficiency. [285528]

Kevin Brennan: We provide support through the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to enable further education colleges to benchmark their performance against the most efficient providers. These toolkits enable colleges to draw comparisons between their estates running costs, including energy costs. In the last spending review, colleges realised £48 million of efficiency savings from the more effective running and maintenance of its estate-which included lowered energy costs.

The standards of environmental sustainability are increasing through a requirement for new college capital projects to meet BREEAM (the building research establishment environment assessment method) 'excellent' criteria introduced by the LSC in March 2008.

The LSC also ran a pilot scheme with SALIX, which made available energy efficiency grants for small projects. The pilot showed that, in cash terms, colleges would be able to recoup their investment within 3.5 years through energy savings. We shall be working in partnership with colleges to examine the scope for them to make further efficiency gains in the future, including improving their energy efficiency.

Further Education: Finance

Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the timetable for the next phase of decisions on colleges' capital programmes is; and if he will make a statement. [284022]


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Kevin Brennan [holding answer 6 July 2009]: After an open and transparent prioritisation exercise in consultation with the sector the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) announced which projects would proceed to the next stage of the process-a tough value for money challenge to reduce the cost of projects-on 26 June. The LSC have subsequently invited the 13 successful colleges to submit revised proposals by 22 July. As soon as credible cost reductions can be secured, final approvals will be accelerated in order for building to begin as soon as possible.

For colleges which have not been selected to proceed this year, the next steps start this autumn when the LSC will further consult with the sector to agree a robust, fair and transparent process for prioritising the capital investment programme ready for the next spending review period.

Andrew Selous: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the age is of (a) the main site and (b) any rebuilding or extension of each of the further education colleges (i) which received provision to proceed with their capital projects on 26 June 2009 and (ii) whose capital building programmes remain frozen. [286091]

Kevin Brennan [holding answer 13 July 2009]: As independent institutions, further education colleges are responsible for the upkeep and development of their own estates. As such, the Government, via the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), makes available capital grant support to enable further education colleges to undertake such renewal and modernisation. Over this current spending review period, we will invest a record £2.6 billion in the further education sector.

While in the provision of such grant, the LSC requires the respective college to provide details about its capital proposal-it does not require the college to state the age of its buildings. I am therefore unable to provide the hon. Member with the information requested as we, nor the LSC, collect it.

Mr. Cox: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether Ministers played a role in decisions on which further education college building projects for which funding was frozen would be approved; and if he will make a statement. [286705]

Kevin Brennan: Under the Learning and Skills Act 2000, Ministers may not direct the LSC in its decision making regards individual capital approvals. Ministers have discussed with the LSC the overall approach, consistent with their responsibility for determining the strategic direction that the LSC should follow.

Recent decisions made by the LSC regarding which further education college building projects would proceed to the next stage of the approvals process followed a robust and transparent assessment by independent consultants against prioritisation criteria that was agreed with the sector and that built upon the recommendations made by Sir Andrew Foster.

Graduates: Employment

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to improve the employment prospects of those graduating in 2009. [285335]


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Mr. Lammy: The Government are committed to helping new graduates improve their prospects for work in these challenging economic times. The key message is there are still jobs out there-but graduates will need to do their research thoroughly and take every opportunity to gain experience and build their CV. Graduates should take advantage of the professional support available from university careers services and look at all, job opportunities-including non-graduate jobs which can provide a route to their chosen careers.

We are putting in place a range of options for graduates to build their employability skills and boost their CV-the Graduate Talent Pool which will allow graduates to match themselves to thousands of internships from a range of employers; more postgraduate study options; support through Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs); volunteering places and help with business start up or entrepreneurship training.

Graduates: Unemployment

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what percentage of graduates were unemployed three months after obtaining their degree in each year since 1997. [287756]

Mr. Lammy: Information on destinations of graduates after three months is not available centrally. However, data are collected after six months and these form the basis of the response in the following table.

From 1997 to 2002, leavers were asked to fill out the First Destination of Leavers survey. This changed to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey in 2003. The wording of the questionnaire changed in this year, as did the coverage to include part-time graduates as well as full-time. Therefore numbers before and after 2003 are not directly comparable.

UK domiciled first degree graduates assumed to be unemployed six months after leaving higher education 1997 no 2008
Year graduated Number unemployed Total respondents Percentage unemployed

1997

11,905

171,280

6.9

1998

9,920

172,660

5.7

1999

9,715

176,205

5.5

2000

9,335

170,735

5.5

2001

11,050

176,405

6.3

2002

12,110

176,375

6.9

Change in coverage and questionnaire

2003

13,135

196,155

6.7

2004

12,450

200,740

6.2

2005

12,795

202,655

6.3

2006

12,555

204,105

6.2

2007

11,450

203,225

5.6

2008

17,360

213,270

8.1

Note:
Numbers are rounded to the nearest five.
Source:
Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA)

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